PTA Units Eligibility
PTA’s in good standing with membership dues paid to OHIO PTA by November 30, 2021may participate. Reflections chairman need to verify.
Students must participate in the National PTA Reflections program through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing, as determined by their state PTA.
The following additional guidelines apply to student entries:
Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
A student may develop an entry inside or outside of the school.
A student may submit entries in more than one arts category.
Each student entry must be accompanied by a paper MANDATORY STUDENT ENTRY FORM which must be signed by the student and a parent or guardian.
- Student entries must include a title and an artist statement, which communicates the artist’s inspiration for the work and how it relates to the theme. The statement must describe the content and include at least one sentence, but not exceed 100 words.
Students with disabilities may participate in the National PTA Reflections program in one of two ways.Enter in Special Artist Division to receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. Students are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the Special Artist Division. The Special Artist Division is an optional division of the Reflections program, accepting students in all grades whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Enter in Special Artist Division to receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. Students are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the Special Artist Division. The Special Artist Division is an optional division of the Reflections program, accepting students in all grades whose physical, cognitive or mental health challenges meet guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Enter in grade division most closely aligned to the student’s functional abilities. Students are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges. In this case, students follow all general rules and arts category rules but may submit their entries in the grade division most closely aligned to their cognitive or functional abilities.
Specific rules related to originality for each arts category are provided by your state PTA. National rules can be referenced at PTA.org/ReflectionsToolkit.
An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student’s work.
Only one student may be recognized for each entry; collaboration with other students is not allowed. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself—the dance choreography, film production (i.e., screenplay, camera work and directing) or musical composition (i.e., written score and any lyrics)—must be the creative product of one student alone.
- The artwork must be inspired by the current year’s theme and created expressly for the program. Artwork produced before the dissemination of the theme or used for another competition or program may not be submitted.
Use of Copyrighted Materials: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited in the literature, music composition, photography and visual arts categories. This includes the use of copyrighted cartoon characters, copyrighted material from the Internet, advertisements or advertising ideas, musical themes from existing copyrighted compositions, copyrighted recorded music, copyrighted photographs or stock images. Use of copyrighted music in dance choreography and film production entries is acceptable when the title, composer and performer of any music in the submission are cited on the student entry form.
Film productions, photography and visual art may include public places, well-known products, trademarks or other copyrighted material, as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the subject matter of the piece and is a smaller element of the whole. Visual arts collages may include portions of existing copyrighted works, such as portions of photos, magazine clippings, internet images and type cut out of a newspaper, as long as those pieces of copyrighted works are used to create a completely new and different work of art. A collage should be judged for its whole—not its parts—and its creativity as an original work of art. Misuse of the above materials constitutes plagiarism—taking and using another’s words, ideas or inventions as one’s own.